A Will, an Opportunity for Study, and a Proposal


Last week, Linda Dennery and Meg Levin, our faithful New York Region correspondents, passed along three Austen-related items. The first is a story about, and a link to, Austen’s will; the second, an announcement of a summer course on Mansfield Park and Persuasion at Cornell University; and the third, a real-life marriage proposal with an Austen theme.

While Dennery and Levin caution that you might need a subscription to the Mail Online’s website to read the newspaper story, we had no trouble accessing the link without said subscription. Your experience may differ, of course. As an alternate source, Dennery and Levin have provided a link to the UK’s National Archive, which posted Austen’s will online on Epiphany (Jan. 6).

Of interest in the story is the note by the Mail’s reporter that Austen’s estate, valued at some £800 at her death, would be worth about £27,000, or approx. $45,000, today.

At Cornell, senior lecturer David Faulkner’s July 6–12 adult-education course, “Half Agony Half Hope: Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and Persuasion,” explores the “radically vulnerable” positions in which Fanny and Anne find themselves, not only bereft of parental care and protection, but also, essentially, homeless and in search of identity in a hostile world.

Of the third item supplied by Dennery and Levin, we will say … well, we’ll let you peruse it yourself.


Tarrytown (N.Y.) Weekend Conference Registration


Ed. note: Should any members be in the NYC area March 21-23, here is an opportunity to meet JASNA colleagues from the East Coast. Plus, you’ll get to visit the locale of Sleepy Hollow.

JASNA NY METRO invites you to join us from Friday, March 21, to Sunday, March 23, 2014, for our weekend conference “At Home with Jane Austen: Daily Life in the World of Her Novels.”

We will meet at the Tarrytown House and Conference Center in Tarrytown, N.Y., just 25 miles from New York City. The weekend will include several guest speakers, an optional tour of Sunnyside (home of Washington Irving) and more. Register for the conference and your fee will cover the meetings, the hotel room, all the meals, and access to the fitness center. You do not need to make a separate reservation for the hotel. (The tour of Washington Irving’s house, Sunnyside, is not included in the conference fee, but you can sign up for it now.)

It promises to be a wonderful weekend. Space is limited to 60, so if you’d like to attend, don’t wait too long to register. (Please note, hotel policy prevents us from offering “day registration” to those who live nearby and wish to remain at home.)

For a detailed description and schedule click Tarrytown Conference. The last page is a registration form which you can print, fill out, and mail with a check payable to JASNA-NY. Or you can register online using the Paypal link marked “register with credit card” under the Tarrytown Conference link on jasnany.org. (Note that registration rates are $10 higher if you use Paypal.) If you want to share with a friend, each of you should register and pay separately and include the roommate’s name in your registration. If you don’t have a roommate but would like one, we’ll try to match you up.

It promises to be a memorable weekend. We hope to see you there! Please read the description and the refund policy, and if you have additional questions, please email jasnany@yahoo.com.

Linda Dennery and Meg Levin
JASNA – NY Metro Region